When a Good Samaritan brought Stacy, a stray cat found near a construction site in Queens, to the ASPCA Animal Hospital, she was in dire need of medical attention.
Her condition was alarming: Stacy had a six-inch wire protruding from her left eye. She was very timid, but allowed ASPCA veterinarians to approach her.
“We could see that the wire was not actually penetrating the eyeball, but was lodged in the space next to her eye in the socket,” says ASPCA veterinarian Dr. Anna Whitehead. “The eye was functional so we decided to attempt to remove the wire.”
After sedating Stacy and taking X-rays, Dr. Whitehead determined there was a hook on the end of the wire that anchored it to Stacy’s eye socket. Luckily, our veterinarians were able to dislodge the wire, and Stacy’s vision remained intact.
Over the past two months, Stacy has recovered under our care. ASPCA behaviorists and volunteers have worked extensively with this resilient kitty to help her feel more relaxed and comfortable. We’re relieved that Stacy arrived at the ASPCA just in time, and that she received the medical treatment she so desperately needed.
Stay tuned to our Blog for part two of this cat’s happy ending.
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After a video of a Brooklyn man brutally kicking a cat was posted to Facebook last week, animal advocates alerted authorities, leading to the arrest of the man in the video footage by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
Representatives of various animal welfare organizations, the Mayor’s Alliance and the NYPD worked together to locate the injured cat, named King, seen in the video. The NYPD transported King to the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) to undergo emergency veterinary care.
King is currently recovering at the ASPCA Animal Hospital and will continue to receive treatment and close monitoring as he heals. It is still too soon to discuss a timeline for King’s adoptability.
This case reinforces the importance of reporting animal cruelty in a timely manner. To report animal cruelty in New York City, please dial 311 or call 911 to report crimes in progress. Please visit our Report Animal Cruelty page to learn how to report cruelty in other areas.
Factory farms keep animals in cruel, unethical conditions—and naturally, the agriculture industry doesn’t want its abusive practices brought to light. That is why it’s trying to pass anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” laws that would punish anyone who tries to expose the appalling conditions many farm animals live and die in.
On Thursday, May 15, join our Farm Animal Welfare Team at 3 P.M. EDT for a live Facebook Chat to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes and how you can help.
Want a primer? View our “Factory Farming Basics” video here.
For a tiny, three-legged Chihuahua, Karma makes a very big impression. In March, the 6-lb. pup caught the eye of a woman named Diane, who was already at the ASPCA to adopt another dog named Gracie. In the weeks that ensued, Diane settled in with Gracie—but she just couldn’t get Karma out of her mind. True to her name, this little dog found the loving home she truly deserved.
Karma came to the ASPCA in October 2012 when she was surrendered by her owners. Though she was young, she suffered from a kidney disease and a leg injury that needed to be addressed before she could be adopted. As a result of her injury, doctors at the ASPCA Animal Hospital had to amputate her front right leg. It was during Karma’s recovery that Diane first laid eyes on the teeny pup.
“When I went to adopt Gracie, I saw this precious little thing who had just had surgery to amputate her leg. I wanted to take her home, too, but she was still recovering and wasn’t available for adoption,” Diane recalls. While she and Gracie settled in to their new life, Karma also remained in Diane’s mind. “I kept calling and checking the adoption page to see if she was available. I had pictures in my phone as if she was already mine!”
Sure enough, as soon as Karma’s injuries healed, Diane returned to the ASPCA to adopt her. At the Adoption Center, our vets gave Diane Karma’s full medical history. She laughs, “Her file looked like a novel—it had to weigh more than she did!” But despite the pup’s issues, Diane was determined. “I loved her instantly and there was nothing they could say to make me feel otherwise. Karma had had so much bad luck throughout her short life, and I was ready to change that.”
In the weeks that followed, Karma adjusted to her new home. Because of the recent amputation, she had some trouble learning to walk on Diane’s slippery wood floors. Diane gave her rubber booties to help her gain confidence, and pretty soon she was up and running! “She’s the quickest little thing you will ever see on three legs,” says Diane. “She is faster than most of the dogs in the dog park.” Karma loves to play with Gracie, snuggle at night, and even dress up in costumes—you can catch her sartorial choices on the Instagram account that Diane’s daughters keep in Karma’s name.
“Karma and Gracie are so special, I can hardly believe there are people in this world that would abandon these precious little babies,” says Diane. But we all know that karma works in funny ways, and in this case, at least, we think it was meant to be.
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Need a running buddy? Look no further than Deb! An energetic dog with lots of love to give, Deb is the perfect companion to your springtime adventures. She’s looking for an active adopter who will give her plenty of playtime and exercise to keep her busy, happy and healthy. She also enjoys playing with other dogs, but needs to meet them one-on-one to play with good manners.
This smart girl already knows Sit and Lay Down, and she’d love to have you teach her a few more tricks, too—especially if her favorite treats are involved! Deb’s a sweet pup who loves every person she meets, and would do best in an adults-only home with an adopter who’ll spend time training her. Adopt Deb today!
Deb is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Deb, please visit her page.
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